Brewce Martin, Skatopia founder and ponderer of life in general, said the free event, which is for all ages, is being held on Court Street’s new second floor. Court Street Grill owner Jackie Welker was setting up the new DVD projection unit yesterday for the premiere.
The documentary was filmed over a two-year period at Skatopia located on Hutton Road in Rutland Township and has literally been screened around the world. The closest the documentary has premiered to Meigs County was the Athens International Film and Video Festival.
As for why Martin thought the grill was a perfect choice for the screening?
“Because the Court Street Grill is featured in the movie and we wanted to expose it (the documentary) to the people of Meigs County so the people of Meigs County could watch and understand this (Skatopia) is a lot more than a place to party,” Martin said. “Skateboarding is important. Skateboarding is far more important than partying here at Skatopia...this is a place to skate.”
Having seen the documentary with audiences all over the country, Martin had a definite opinion about what people seemed to respond to most.
“They respond to the fact you can live your dream but living your dream is not easy,” he said. “It’s a lot of hard work and suffering and a lot of things that come with following that dream and lifestyle that aren’t always positive. Whatever you do in life, there are times you have to overcome negativity in order to progress forward.”
As for what Martin responded to the most when viewing pieces of his life on screen: “What watching the film did to me was it showed me in order to believe in what you live, there are sometimes a lot of sacrifices.”
Martin said the video of “Skatopia: 88 Acres of Anarchy” will likely be released some time this summer but for now, it’s all good and free to screen during tonight’s local premiere.